Spring into action: Local events herald the new season

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Children ages 1-10 are invited to hunt for candy-filled eggs at the annual downtown Los Altos Easter Egg Hunt April 8.

As winter transitions into spring, a host of events welcome the new season - from Easter egg hunts to parades. A list of local family-friendly events follows.

Easter Egg Hunt

10 a.m. to noon April 8

Main and State streets Downtown Los Altos

The Los Altos Village Association’s annual Egg Hunt includes children ages 1-10 searching for candy and prize-filled eggs throughout downtown Los Altos. Other highlights of the free event include crafts, face painting, a balloon artist, games and meeting the Easter Bunny on Second Street.

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Hoppin’ Hounds Easter Biscuit Hunt

9-10 a.m. April 15

Westwind Community Barn 27210 Altamont Road Los Altos Hills

This year marks the 14th annual Biscuit Hunt for dogs, who sniff about Byrne Preserve in search of treats scattered in the grass.

A suggested $5 donation benefits Palo Alto Animal Services, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills’ contract animal services provider.

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Easter Egg Hunt

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15

Purissima Park 27500 Purissima Road Los Altos Hills

Basket-wielding children are invited to a free hunt for more than 5,000 eggs hidden throughout Purissima Park. Children 5 and under begin searching at 11:30 a.m., followed by children 6 and older at noon. Participants are encouraged to bring hard-boiled eggs to decorate with provided dye kits and accessories.

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Downtown Spring Family Parade

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22

Castro Street, Mountain View

Floats, food trucks and family fun populate downtown Mountain View as the city celebrates its 39th annual Spring Family Parade. Parade participants begin their march on Castro Street near the Villa Street intersection.

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Earth Day Celebration

1-4 p.m. April 23

Westwind Community Barn 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills

The annual Earth Day Celebration features a "Live Wild Cats" educational presentation by Leopards Etc. that includes a cheetah, an ocelot and a black leopard.

Local school groups and environmental organizations host an array of exhibits, and electric cars are on display. Attendees can purchase Los Altos Hills gear, wine glasses and produce. Admission is free; no pets allowed.

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Los Altos Farmers’ Market

4-8 p.m. Thursdays May 4 through Sept. 28

State Street, between Second and Fourth streets

Hosted by the Los Altos Village Association and the city of Los Altos, the annual Los Altos Farmers’ Market features more than 45 farmers and vendors offering fresh local fruits and vegetables, baked goods and cut flowers.

The market includes live plants, ranch eggs and locally caught fish. Live music and crafts for kids are added attractions.

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A la Carte and Art

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 6 and 7

Castro Street, Mountain View

The outdoor festival is the largest annual fundraiser for the Mountain View Central Business Association, a nonprofit organization that promotes business growth.

The festival features live music, a variety of street food and approximately 200 West Coast artists showcasing a range of handcrafted wares.

For more information, visit

Pathways Run/Walk

9 a.m. May 13

Westwind Community Barn 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills

Featuring a hilly 5K and 10K Pathways Run/Walk and a 1-mile run, the 16th annual race follows a course through Byrne Preserve into Los Altos Hills’ extensive pathways system. The 5K/10K begins at 9 a.m., followed by the mile run at 10:30 a.m. Registration for the 5K/10K is $50 ($55 on race day), $40 for groups of 10 or more. Registration for the mile run is $35 ($40 on race day). An awards ceremony follows at 10:15 a.m.

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Kiwanis Pet Parade

10 a.m. May 20

Main and State streets

Downtown Los Altos

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Pet Parade, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos. The parade showcases hundreds of children and their pets, including dogs, cats, birds, chickens and turtles. Other parade participants include youth groups, marching bands and local dignitaries waving from vintage cars.

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Fine Art in the Park

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 20 and 21

Lincoln Park

University Avenue

Los Altos

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Altos, Fine Art in the Park offers original works from more than 170 artists. The annual show includes paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, woodcrafts and more.

The event includes live entertainment, food and beverages. Proceeds from the show support the Rotary Club’s local and international community service projects.

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- Compiled by Ramya Krishna

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